Museums of Mykonos

Archeological Museum of Mykonos: it is one of the oldest museums in Greece; it was built in 1909 in a simple neoclassical design and had its today’s Cycladic character thanks to the additions of 1930, and of 1960. In 1972 the big eastern wing was added. In the museum there is a collection of pottery from the group tomp of Rineia that includes vases from a workshop of the 9th and 8th century, as well as works of the 7th and 6th century BC, that come from big Ion centers such as Naxos, Paros, Sifnos.

In the island there are vases of Pre historic times (3rd millennium BC) that show human presence in the island. From the archeological collections items that stand out are: vases of the 3rd millennium BC found in Diakofti, bronze Kouros (male statue) of the 6th century, and tomb offering from Rineia. In the collection of Vases: Geometric vases of the 9th and 8th century BC, vases of the 7th century of eastern rhythm, the tomb amphorae (height 1.4 meters) with relief depictions of Episodes of the Trojan war, blackfigured vases of Minor Asia (675-570 BC), vases of Corinthian style (725-550 BC) and some vases from Attica workshops.

Aegean Nautical Museum: it is operating since 1989 in Chora. It has objects that show the naval history of Greece and Cyclades since ancient times. There is an impressive collection of ship replicas (ancient and modern ships). Also there is a rich collection of coins and historic documents. Finally at the yard of the museum there are several ships parts such as anchors etc.

Folklore museum of Mykonos: it was founded in 1958; it is housed in an coastal Captain’s house that belonged to the Captain Nicolas Maluchos. The collection of the museum includes furniture from the houses of Mykonos, there are plenty heavy furnitures of western European rhythm that seamen brought from Europe. There is also a collection of embroidery and decorative plates.

Mykonos farm Museum: It is housed in the windmill of Mponi which is one of the most photographed monuments of Mykonos. It is a wind mill of the 16th century and it has been fully restored and preserved, it is fully capable of functioning. Beside the wind mill is the house of the Mill man where several farm tools are on display. Near the house are two small churches, a wine press, an oven and a washing deposit, there is also a well.

Archeological museum of Delos: it is one of the most important museums of its kind in the country. It was built in 1904 at the expense of the archeological company of Athens. The collection of statues that are on display in the 4 rooms and in the right part of the fifth room is dated in the 7th century BC up until the uprising of Peisistratus (6th cenruty BC). It was the period that Delos flourished and that collection is of equal value to the archeological collections of Athens museum. The archaic collection of the museum is comprised mostly from offering that Ions made to the temple of Apollo. Most of the findings that are on display in the remaining rooms of the museum are about the second flourishing period of Delos. The exhibits of Hellenistic times that are housed in these rooms represent the way of life as well as the aesthetic of the rich inhabitants of the island who where merchants, bankers, ship owners.

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